How to Cook Pierogi (Fresh and Frozen)

Have you ever tried pierogi? Pierogi is an Eastern European dumpling that is a great main course or a side dish for a night. Do you know how to cook pierogies?

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If you are reading this, you might not be cooking the pierogies from the beginning. Nevertheless, if you are trying to cook them from scratch, there are amazing recipes that should guide you through that.

Ready-made dumplings are available in stores in different forms if you are looking to satisfy your craving.

You can find pierogi in two different forms, either frozen or fresh. We will teach you how to cook pierogi whether fresh or frozen using different cooking methods. Let’s get started.

Fresh vs. Frozen Pierogi

Cooking these two types of pierogi will use different steps, which is why you need to know the difference between these two.

Fresh pierogi are usually packed in some trays. Usually, the pierogi is refrigerated and it remains good for a couple of days during which it should be consumed. The amount of time you have to consume the food before it goes bad depends on the packaging. You need to check the label to know for sure. You need to know that fresh pierogi packed in trays is pre-cooked and it should only be heated to warm them properly.

Frozen pierogi, on the other hand, is usually sold in carton boxes or bags. Some are pre-cooked before being frozen while others are raw. You need to check out the label on the packaging to know if they are pre-cooked or not.

How do you cook pierogi? There are several ways of cooking pierogi. Let’s go through these steps.

Boiling Pierogi

Cooking frozen pierogies requires boiling first. It is the first key step in cooking frozen pierogi. However, if you are cooking some fresh pierogi, you do not have to go through this step. You can either choose to boil and serve or simply use another cooking method.

Frozen Pierogi

You need to check the instructions on the pack. These instructions should be prioritized because each manufacturer makes their pierogi differently. If none, use these steps.

First, add some salted water to a pot and boil it. Add the pierogi and wait until they float, after which you need to reduce the level of heat and cook for four minutes more. if they have meat in them, you should add another minute. Finally, remove the pierogi and serve with any topping you choose.


So, how to cook frozen pierogies using a microwave? If you want to use a microwave, you should add them to a microwave-safe bowl and cover them with boiling water. You should then microwave them for five minutes on high, then remove them, drain, and serve.

Note: Using a microwave to cook frozen pierogi using a microwave might not be the best idea because the results might not be as good as you would expect.

Fresh Pierogi

If it is fresh pierogi, add some salted water to a pot and boil it. After it starts boiling, add the pierogi and allow them to float. Cook for three minutes longer and remove the pierogi and serve with any topping you desire.

Other Cooking Methods

Remember: You can choose any of the following methods to cook your pierogi. Fresh pierogi can be removed from the package and cooked using any of the methods below. However, if you have frozen pierogi, you will have to boil them first, and then cook them in either of the following methods. Some of these methods include baking, grilling, as well as frying but the best way to cook pierogies depends on your preferences and the results you expect.

Sautéing / Pan-frying

This might be the best way to cook pierogies within a short time with the best results.

First, apply a light layer of grease to the frying pan with butter or neutral oil. Add some onions, kielbasa, or bacon and fry them for a couple of minutes. Add some pierogi to the mix. You should then cook them while moving them around so that they brown properly and evenly. Continue to fry using some medium heat until they become golden.


The first step you have to take care of is to get the water hot and steamy before you add the pierogi to the basket. You should then add your dumplings inside and cover. You should reduce that heat level to medium and allow them to steam for around 10 minutes.

Oven Bake Pierogi

You need to preheat that oven to around 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Secondly, grease the baking tray with a layer of oil or simply line using aluminum foil.

Place the pierogi on the tray and space them evenly and then brush them with some oil or melted butter. Cover them with foil or some baking paper and allow them to bake for around 20 minutes. It is important to turn them in after 10 minutes.

Note: Covering is important to prevent them from drying out.

Grilling Pierogi

To grill the pierogi properly, you will need to brush some melted butter on the pierogi, then season it with pepper and salt. Place them on the grill directly or on a disposable tray. Allow them to grill for around 12 minutes, making sure to turn them frequently.

Deep Frying

You will need to fill a large pot with some oil and heat it. After it gets to around 356 degrees Fahrenheit, you should drop a couple of pierogi, one at a time. Do not add too many at a go because they might stick together. To get an even color, you will need to turn them each once in a while. When they float and turn gold, they are ready.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How are pierogies traditionally cooked?

The traditional method of cooking pierogies involves boiling. It is the traditional method of cooking pierogies.

  1. Are pierogies supposed to be crispy?

The crispiness of pierogies depends on the method you used to cook it. There are certain methods that give it a golden or brown crisp. It all depends on the cooking method you choose.

  1. Why are my pierogies hard?

Your pierogies might be hard because you have not boiled them properly. Make sure to boil them properly before serving them.

Wrapping Up

If you want to know how to cook pierogies, you should consider the method you prefer most, one that will get you the desired results. There are several methods of cooking pierogies, each with some difference in the results. Try out different methods of cooking these amazing dumplings and choose one that will give you great results. Remember to boil frozen pierogies before cooking with any other method.

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